UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


Research themes

Our transformative research in ophthalmology and eye health brings together scientists, clinicians and patients to make a real difference to people’s lives.

Watch UCL Institute of Ophthalmology Director, Professor Andrew Dick and Deputy Institute Director/Deputy Director for Research, Professor Alison Hardcastle talk about the ideas behind the research themes at the institute. 

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Development, Ageing and Disease Theme

Our interdisciplinary labs investigate the biological pathways involved in vision loss caused by ageing and disease.

Theme Lead: Professor Clare Futter
Deputy Theme Lead: Dr Ryan MacDonald

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Rescue, Repair and Regeneration Theme

We aim to protect and improve vision using regenerative medicine to develop new effective therapies. 

Theme Lead: Professor Pete Coffey
Deputy Theme Lead: Dr Amanda Carr

Visual neuroscience research theme

Visual Neuroscience and Function Theme

Our work combines epidemiology, genetics, imaging and data science to investigate new ways to assess vision.

Theme Lead: Professor Andrew Stockman
Deputy Theme Lead: Dr Tessa Dekker & Dr Jennifer Sun

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Population and Data Sciences

This theme combines expertise around collection, curation, analysis and interpretation of ophthalmic big data.

Theme Lead: Professor Paul Foster
Deputy Theme Lead: Dr Nikolas Pontikos